2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda CR-V are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the CR-V as “Superior.” The X1 scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the CR-V and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the BMW X1:

 

CR-V

X1

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

328

Neck Injury Risk

23%

32%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

360 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

257/329 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

31%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

175 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

309/268 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the BMW X1:

 

CR-V

X1

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

137

143

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

154 G’s

Hip Force

354 lbs.

486 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

193

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

637 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

743 lbs.

815 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X1 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 39 points higher than the X1.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the X1:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

X1

 

FWD

sDrive 28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X1 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The X1 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the X1:

 

CR-V

X1

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the X1 (235/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X1.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.2 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X1.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X1 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X1 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X1 (105.9 vs. 101.2).

The CR-V has .9 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 58.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the X1’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

X1

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

35.1”/69”

Max Width

54”

51.5”

Min Width

41.5”

39.5”

Height

41”

33”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X1 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the X1’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $275 to $1155 less than the X1 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the X1 because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the X1, including $513 less for a water pump, $636 less for a muffler, $93 less for front brake pads, $98 less for a starter, $194 less for fuel injection, $134 less for a fuel pump, $191 less for front struts, $874 less for a timing belt/chain and $581 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $4669 to $9627 less than for the BMW X1.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

X1

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The X1 has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the BMW X1 by almost 12 to one during the 2018 model year.

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